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Latest items for LRW-DATA-1

Dec. 6, 2019, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The number of people convicted of rape has slumped to less than 2,000 despite nearly 60,000 complaints being made to police last year" (para 1). "Just 3.3 per cent of all rape claims made to authorities lead to a conviction, meaning only one in thirty complainants see the person they accuse punished" (para 2). "It shows there were just 1,925 convictions for rape or an alternative lesser offence in 2018-19, down from the 2,635 figure for the previous 12 months" (para 7). "This is despite the number of rape claims dealt with annually by police in England and Wales rising from 35,847 to 57,882 during the last four years" (para...more
Dec. 6, 2019, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"In Brazil, four girls under 13 are raped every hour and every two minutes police receive a report of violence against women" (para 1) "The country also saw the largest ever number of reported rapes, and almost 54% of the victims were girls under 13 years old" (para 6).
Nov. 14, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"According to national police statistics, in the first six months of the year police sent 1,297 cases involving alleged rape to prosecutors for indictment and another 26 cases (involving underage offenders) to family courts" (17). "According to the Ministry of Justice, in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics were available, courts convicted 604 persons of sexual intercourse with persons under age 15 and seven persons of pimping minors" (19).
Oct. 22, 2019, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"There were no reliable statistics on the prevalence of rape and domestic violence. The international expert on the human rights situation in Sudan and UNAMID’s human rights section reported that they received regular reports of incidents of rape and sexual and gender-based violence." (pg 41). "The government did not provide any information on the number of sexual harassment reports made." (pg 42).
Sept. 13, 2019, 3:18 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"But in a report released last week, Amnesty International warned that Denmark also has 'widespread sexual violence' and systemic problems in how it deals with rape. Several studies say that Denmark has the highest prevalence of sexual violence in Europe. The Danish Ministry of Justice estimates that around 5,100 women a year are victims of rape or attempted rape, while the University of Southern Denmark put this figure as high as 24,000 in 2017 - a high number for a country with a relatively small population (5.8 million). That same year, only 890 rapes were reported to the police, of which 535 led to prosecutions, and 94 ended in convictions"...more
Aug. 9, 2019, 1 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"According to media, members of the FARDC raped as many as 25 women in Makobola, 14 miles south of Uvira, in late September and mid-October after the withdrawal of a Mai Mai group that had been operating in the area . . . The SSF, RMGs, and civilians perpetrated widespread sexual violence (see section 1.g.). During the year the United Nations documented 267 adult victims and 171 child victims, including two boys, of sexual violence in conflict . . . The 2013-14 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) found that more than one in four women nationwide (27 percent) had experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives, up from...more
July 24, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"There were reports of rape, attempted rape, and sexual and gender-based violence in refugee camps. The perpetrators were either fellow refugees or unknown individuals living near the camps" (page 12). "Rape is prohibited and punishable by imprisonment. Nevertheless, rape--including rape of female refugees--was a problem (see section 2.d.)" (page 15).
July 19, 2019, 9:48 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-DATA-1

"The law prohibits rape, domestic abuse, and other forms of violence against women. A 2016 government survey found that one-third of women between the ages of 15 and 64 had experienced violence. Violence against women previously had been poorly documented and significantly underreported by the government. Domestic violence was the most common form of violence against women" (Pg 26).
July 18, 2019, 12:24 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Between January and October 2015, the UN Population Fund reported the genderbased violence Information Management System, established in 2014, recorded 60,208 victims who received medical or psychosocial care or both. Among those were 29,801 cases of sexual violence, including rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, sexual exploitation and abuse, and sexual aggression" (Pg 17).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"In a 2015 World Health Organization report, approximately 70 percent of women reported that they had experienced rape or sexual assault in their lifetime" (p. 17).
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"As of early December, the center had received 197 cases of sexual and genderbased violence (SGBV)" (p. 34).
July 12, 2019, 9:16 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Approximately 800 cases of sexual assault were reported in Mogadishu in the first six months of 2013, though the actual number is likely much higher due to chronic underreporting. Children and internally displaced persons remain particularly susceptible to sexual and genderbased violence and comprise more than one third of reported assaults in Somalia" (8).
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, DV-DATA-1

"Women who experienced intimate partner violence in the last 12 months, as a proportion of those who had ever experienced intimate partner violence, has reduced from 89 per cent in 2000 to 60 per cent 2014 (…) Violence against women remains prevalent as one in five ever-partnered women aged 15–64 has experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, with eight per cent experiencing violence in the last 12 months" (37).
July 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"According to the NGO Sexual Health Union, 13 percent of women have suffered sexual abuse, including rape" (p. 9).
July 11, 2019, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The Committee is particularly concerned about… The sexual and gender-based violence against ethnic minority women for the purpose of land grabbing… sexual harassment, rape and intimidation of Dalit women" (12).
July 9, 2019, 4:36 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-3, MISA-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1

"Mental Disability Rights Initiative of Serbia research from late 2016 showed that women with disabilities in residential institutions were exposed to various forms of violence, including physical, psychological, sexual, and genderbased violence. Results also showed that, due to their very specific position and isolation from the outside world, a majority of women accepted violence as an inevitable part of their daily lives in institutions" (page 26).
July 9, 2019, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The ZPS Victims Support Unit (VSU) was responsible for handling cases of domestic assault, wife beating, mistreatment of widows, and property expropriation (“grabbing”) by a deceased husband’s relatives. Police pursued reports of domestic violence more aggressively than in previous years, and the government established a fast-track court in Lusaka for GBV cases. Data on the extent of rape and domestic violence were limited. A WLSA Kasama One-Stop GBV Treatment Center recorded 6,506 cases of GBV as of September, compared with 5,188 during the first half of 2014. The VSU recorded 164 rapes countrywide during the period, compared with 118 in 2014" (Pg 21).
July 8, 2019, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-DATA-1

"Rape remained a serious problem throughout the country, and the government did not consistently enforce the law. Although the government arrested, prosecuted, and convicted persons for rape, the crime was seriously underreported, and authorities did not investigate most cases. Police lacked the criminal forensic capacity to collect evidence, which hampered prosecution and conviction. The UPF crime report through June listed 10,163 reported sexual offenses, of which 787 were rapes, 8,954 defilements, 308 indecent assaults, 56 incest, and 58 'unnatural offenses'" (Pg 26).
July 3, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The government reported that, as of July, six children had been sexually exploited" (page 19).
July 2, 2019, 2:25 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-LAW-2, LRW-DATA-1

"Rape was common, and the government did not always enforce the law effectively. According to the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA), one in three girls and women between ages 13 and 24 had been the victim of sexual violence. Although rape is legally defined as a crime, many men regarded it as a minor offense. The number of reported cases was likely far lower than the actual number of cases, as many cases were dealt with at the family level. A sense of shame and helplessness often inhibited women from reporting such crimes, particularly when incest was involved. The maximum sentence for aggravated rape is 15 years in prison,...more
July 2, 2019, 12:52 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Between December 2014 and October, UNAMID identified 54 cases of sexual and gender-based violence involving 93 victims, including 16 cases involving minors. Most victims were IDPs. UN Special Representative for the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui reported in May at least 60 girls were raped in 48 incidents in Darfur in 2014. The SRSG stated 15 were verified and attributed to the armed forces, 10 to the RSF, and 35 to unidentified armed men. In Darfur it was believed most rape victims did not report incidents, and the actual number of rapes was likely much higher" (Pg 28). "In Darfur UNAMID documented 27 incidents of sexual...more
July 1, 2019, 8:44 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"A 2015 report by the Women’s Law Center and the Center for Investigation and Consultation “SocioPolis,” Men and Gender Equality in the Republic of Moldova, found that almost 20 percent of the country’s men had had sex with a woman without her consent. Almost 25 percent had had sex with a woman who was too drunk to consent, and 18 percent admitted to marital rape. Approximately 5 percent admitted to participation in a gang rape" (p. 27).
July 1, 2019, 8:44 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"During the first three months of the reporting year, the General Police Inspectorate registered 58 cases of rape" (p. 26).
July 1, 2019, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The Ministry of Justice reported 3,825 cases of physical or sexual abuse as of September. Of these cases, 469 cases involved children and 46 cases resulted in conviction. Nineteen cases of rape were reported, two of which were referred to court; the proceedings for both cases were underway as of September" (p. 29).
June 28, 2019, 10:58 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Estimating the prevalence of sexual abuse and domestic violence, in June former state minister of women’s and children’s affairs Rosy Senenayake said, “A woman is raped every 90 minutes in Sri Lanka and of 300,000 cases, only 600 perpetrators are remanded. Only 2 percent of the perpetrators in such cases are actually punished.” There were also a number of high-profile cases of rape and sexual violence that made national headlines and sparked intense debate" (Pg 28-29).
June 26, 2019, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe estimated that each year 12,000 young women are kidnapped into forced marriages and 20 percent are raped in the process" (p. 22).
June 25, 2019, 7:34 a.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-DATA-1, LRCM-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"Rape, including spousal rape and domestic violence are illegal. The penalty for rape is one to 10 years in prison. SOS Helpline, an NGO that provided anonymous emergency counseling and services to victims of domestic violence, estimated that one in seven women was raped during her lifetime. Victims rarely reported spousal rape to authorities. Police actively investigated accusations of rape and prosecuted offenders. There were 18 reported rapes and 23 other reported acts of sexual violence in the first half of the year. SOS Helpline estimated only a small percentage of rape victims sought assistance or counseling due to concerns about the impact on themselves and their children" (Pg 11).more
June 25, 2019, 7:13 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Between January and November, the Family Support Unit (FSU), a division of the SLP, reported 825 cases of sexual violence against women" (Pg 18).
June 22, 2019, 8:06 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"According to the Swaziland Action Group against Abuse, one in three girls and women between ages 13 and 24 had been a victim of sexual violence" (p. 16).
June 20, 2019, 3:46 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The law provides for imprisonment of three to six months for threatening, harassing, or beating one’s spouse. Domestic violence against women was common. Many incidents remained within the extended family and were not reported or prosecuted. Authorities encouraged the reporting of domestic violence cases, and the RNP stated that reporting increased during the year. In July Ipas and the Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights Development reported 48 percent of women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. According to the Ministry of Health’s 2012 Annual Report, 12,725 cases of GBV were reported at district hospitals; 10,410 victims were female and 2,315 were male" (Pg 31).more